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John Rhys-Davies

John Rhys-Davies

John Rhys-Davies began acting in Shakespeare plays at the age of thirteen at Truro School in Cornwall, England. By the time he had graduated from the then new University of East Anglia, where he founded the University Dramatic Society and starred at the acclaimed Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich, he had created an impressive amateur resume. He taught for a year before spending two years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), graduating in 1969. He then worked in repertory theatres throughout Britain and at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Rhys-Davies made his feature film debut in Don Siegel's The Black Windmill, starring Michael Caine, where he was blown up before the title sequence. His eighty plus film credits include Victor/Victoria, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Living Daylights and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. For television, he was nominated for an Emmy for his performance as Rodrigues in Shogun, starred as Professor Arturo in Sliders, and is remembered for performances in I, Claudius and The Naked Civil Servant. He would like to spend more time piloting planes, playing with old cars and writing.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

John Rhys-Davies Facts

BirthdayMay 5, 1944 (79)
BirthplaceSalisbury, England, United Kingdom
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is John Rhys-Davies compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III/Squirrel Jokes
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy
The Search For The Real Mt. Sinai
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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